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Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Serves: 4

Category: Salads, Dressings, Dips and Sauces
Author: Melissa Tate

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This classic deserves a place in your rotation of great nut-based Nutritarian salad dressings. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste.

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6-8 cloves garlic, roasted (see note)
2/3 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
2/3 cup raw cashews or 1/3 cup raw cashew butter
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or more to taste
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
pinch dried oregano


Blend ingredients together in a high-powered blender. Adjust seasonings if desired.

Note: To roast garlic: Separate cloves, leaving papery skins on. Roast at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until soft.

Calories 164; Protein 7 g; Carbohydrates 11 g; Sugars 2 g; Total Fat 10.9 g; Saturated Fat 1.8 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 126 mg; Fiber 2.1 g; Beta-Carotene 131 ug; Vitamin C 8 mg; Calcium 117 mg; Iron 2.2 mg; Folate 12 ug; Magnesium 81 mg; Potassium 206 mg; Zinc 2.3 mg; Selenium 7.9 ug

Comments (23):



01/11/2010 01:25 PM

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This dressing is good and I am working on what would make it outstanding. So many dressings are too dependent on vinegar, and this one does not rely on this. I think it needs to sit for a while...perhaps make it and use it the next day. The Roast garlic is great. I didn't have cashew butter so I used almond butter as a substitute.

Perhaps is needs a sweet in it like honey...


04/24/2012 06:56 PM

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Cashew butter made all the difference. Better with Red Wine Vinegar as well. Almond milk also would give it more sweetness you're looking for. This is also great over steamed red potatoes as a potato salad with chives snipped over top served cold at a BBQ.


11/10/2012 01:58 PM

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Delicious! Works as both as a dressing and a mayo substitute!


04/28/2013 11:10 AM

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I agree about needing sweetness. Just added a date to it and it was perfect. A sweeter vinegar would work also instead of the white wine vinegar.


12/07/2013 05:07 PM

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I used the most amount of roasted garlic (8 cloves) and though I love garlic, I would use less next time. I added additional Italian seasonings and used rice vinegar instead of white wine, because that's what I had. It turned out very tasty and I'll make it again.


02/18/2014 08:36 PM

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Just made this for lunch tomorrow. Almost wish I hadn't because it is so good, but I look at the calories and think "yikes"! Then I remember they are the vast majority of the calories that will be in my lunch, and packed with nutrients. I made it exactly according to the recipe except I had no lemon, so squeezed an orange instead, and had no Dijon mustard so subbed Gulden's Spicy Brown Mustard. I also did not chop my parsley, just ripped it up quick and let the food processor take care of the rest.

Elaine Garces

04/11/2014 04:56 PM

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Mine came out just perfect ... I used nine roasted garlic cloves . I was tempted to use red wine vinegar, but then I applied my standard to follow the recipe as given first ... And the outcome was I had no yearning to add something for sweetness, at all. This recipe is company worthy ... Next time I make it, I plan to use red wine vinegar for comparison. Thank you all ...

Elaine Garces

04/19/2014 09:48 AM

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This tastes even better several days later. When I served it again to my husband he agreed. I'll be bringing a whole new batch for my family get together tomorrow. Thank you!

This comment was last edited on 06/29/2018 02:23 PM

Sandy Leeann

04/27/2014 12:56 PM

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I like how creamy it is. We added a little Balsamic vinegar the last couple times we had it, and it added a little sweet and tartness that we thought it needed. I will definitely make this again, perhaps adding a few modifications until it makes 5 stars in our household. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!


01/03/2015 03:33 PM

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Delicious and for me, recipe is perfect as given above (I followed exactly). Thank you for sharing, we had a wonderful lunch. Dressing was beautiful over a simple bed of romaine and bok choy, with diced tomato and red onion. I served with an Indian styled 'Dahl Makhni' bean/squash soup (nutritarian adjusted) followed by raspberry lemon sorbet and a couple figs on the side for desert. A great meal! Thanks!

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01/05/2017 08:35 AM

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Sounds delicious!



03/16/2015 09:02 PM

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Just made this exactly as written. It needs something-but not sure what. Next time I would cut waaay back on the nutritional yeast. Now what to do to save this batch?? Hmmm. Blended in half an avocado and one green onion. Better now.... Added a fresh garlic clove. Better yet.
This comment was last edited on 03/16/2015 10:05 PM


06/24/2016 12:35 PM

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Disappointed; based on ingredients it should taste better. It was just okay.


10/15/2016 01:45 PM

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This is a wonderful salad dressing. I've been looking for something on the website that isn't too sweet. This is it. Perfect balance of creamy and tart. 5 stars!


01/20/2017 04:00 PM

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This might be my favorite salad dressing so far. Delicious.


03/15/2017 03:50 PM

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it sounds so yummy. anyone use raw garlic?

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06/03/2017 11:18 AM

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I did and it turned out great!


06/03/2017 11:20 AM

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I love this dressing, except I made it a little different. At least, I liked it the way I made it. I used half a big raw clove of garlic, white vinegar, no parsley, and roasted cashews because that is what I had on hand. The rest was the same. Very tasty on my salads.

This comment was last edited on 06/03/2017 11:21 AM


10/03/2017 02:12 PM

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Delicious salad dressing. Our family loves it.  Great appearance, too. A creamy light green, like a restaurant dressing. It is also excellent without the garlic, or with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.

This comment was last edited on 10/03/2017 02:20 PM


06/05/2018 02:24 PM

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This dressing is sooo good!  Definitely a favorite.  I used 2 cloves raw garlic, 1-1/2 T Apple Cider Vinegar and an extra squeeze of lemon.  Will make again and again! 

This comment was last edited on 06/08/2018 05:03 PM


08/07/2018 07:41 PM

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This dressing is SOOO good. We added a couple dates per the suggestion in the comments and used unsweeted vanilla almondmilk. It's YUMMMMMM. :)


10/20/2018 06:33 PM

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Really loved this the first time around. Getting ready to make it again, thinking perhaps a double batch. Anybody tried freezing it yet?


10/28/2018 11:23 PM

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12/15/2018 11:07 AM

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I didn't measure ingredients and just guestimated but had all of them in and the only change was raw garlic... I loved the dressing and it's a winning combination with the recommended baby greens tomato and onion salad as part of the aggressive weight loss plan. 


05/23/2019 06:57 PM

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Made this exactly as the recipe. I didn't think it needed sweetening. Italian dressing is generally not a sweet dressing. I think this is one of my favorites. I loved it on my salad, but when I used it as a dip for steamed artichokes it was incredible!